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If My 10-year GI Bill Grace Period Elapsed, Can I Receive Any Benefits at This Time?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My 10-year grace period elapsed as I got out of the Army in 1992. Can I receive any benefits at this time from the GI Bill?

A: Not from the GI Bill you had when you got out in “92″. At that time, you would have had the Montgomery GI Bill and that has a 10-year delimitation date, so it would have expired in 2002.

However, if you meet the requirements below, you may still be able to get in on VRAP training. Congress passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and included in it the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans who meet the following requirements:
• At least 35 but no more than 60 years old.
• Unemployed on the date of application.
• Have received at least an other than dishonorable discharge.
• Not eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
• Not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability.
• Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program.

The program is limited to 54,000 participants through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend school full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program which at this time is $1,564 per month.

Approved students must enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

If you meet the requirements, apply by going to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990.

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